Downlight Installation for Home Upgrades in Dandenong

Downlight Installation is the go to modern choice when it comes to choosing a new lighting look for your home. 

Whether you are replacing old existing lighting or adding a new lighting design to your home, having a qualified electrician take care of your downlight installation can provide a sleek decor solution to an everyday necessity.

While downlights are subtle, small light fittings that sit flush with a ceiling, they can still pack a punch when it comes to creating atmosphere and providing sufficient light for any situation.

They have the bonus of leaving your ceiling looking uncluttered, are dimmable with the touch of a switch and can be zoned to have all or a few on at a time depending on use.

What type of downlights should I buy?

Depending on the purpose of the lights and the location of their installation will determine which downlights will work best for your home. The Electricians at CJ Electrical Solutions have years of experience with downlight installations and the various brands and models. Talk to one of our sparky’s today for more information on what would work for you.

The most common types of downlights used in new Australian homes are LED (Light-Emitting Diode) downlights. In some older homes, it is not unusual to see existing halogen downlights, but this type of downlight has been phased out since September 2020, due to concerns over their lack of energy efficiency.

Therefore, moving forward any existing halogen bulbs that need replacement will need to be upgraded to LED fittings with a simple switch over by your CJES Electrician.

For more information read: Types of Light Bulbs Explained at Canstar Blue.

What are the pros and cons of LED downlights?

The most energy efficient form of lighting the market is widely considered to be LED downlights.

In fact, the Federal Government’s Energy Rating agency says “quality LEDs are now in most cases the ‘best buy’ in terms of electricity costs to run, frequency of replacement and overall lifetime costs”.

For more information read: LED Light Bulbs Explained at Canstar Blue

Pros of LED lights

Low energy usage + low running cost:
LEDs are acknowledged as using the least amount of electricity compared to other bulbs, meaning cheaper power bills for its users. According to the Energy Rating agency, LED lights have the lowest “running cost” when compared with halogen or CFL. 

“The lifetime cost is the purchase price of the bulb plus the electricity costs and replacement bulb costs over 10 years,” the agency states. For instance, compared to halogen lights, LED bulbs use one quarter of the energy and last five to ten times longer.

In terms of what this could mean for a quarterly electricity bill, Canstar Blue has calculated that a single LED bulb could work out around three-and-a-half times cheaper than a halogen bulb of the same brightness.

Cons of LED lights

More expensive to buy bulbs:
There could potentially be a larger up front cost when purchasing LED downlights. While they save money in the long term due to energy efficient and durability, the initial cost of buying can be higher than other options. This is partially due to the fact that they last so much longer than other options and therefore replace them less often.
 
Need to be installed professionally:
It is strongly recommended by retailers and government website that new downlight units and upgrades be installed by a qualified electrician. With many safety factors to consider with downlight installation taking place in the ceiling, a fire risk is posed if installed incorrectly. 
 
If you are considering new lighting and are looking for a qualified electrician to perform your downlight installation – Call CJ Electrical Solutions for a free quote!